Minneapolis moves ahead with wireless



By Steve Alexander and Steve Brandt, Star Tribune

“Four years ago, big American cities — including Minneapolis — raced to be the first to make the Internet available to all their citizens. Companies such as EarthLink competed to build multimillion-dollar Wi-Fi networks that would provide fast, inexpensive Internet service while bridging the “digital divide” to people who couldn’t afford pricey plans.

Now, most of those cities, including Chicago, Philadelphia and San Francisco, have put their wireless dreams on hold.  Minneapolis, meanwhile, has a 59-square-mile network available to residents for as little as $15 a month.”

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